Education and Living costs in Australia

Students should be aware that the costs of studying in Australia will depend on your education provider, the level of study you choose and your study location in Australia.

Knowing the average living costs in Australia is an important part of your financial preparation. For your reference, here are some of the costs associated with living and studying in Australia (all costs are in Australian dollars).

The costs below are an approximate guide only and don't take into account your budget and spending habits. 


  • Hostels and Guesthouses - $90 to $150 per week
  • Shared Rental - $95 to $215 per week
  • On campus - $110 to $280 per week
  • Homestay - $235 to $325 per week
  • Rental - $185 to $440 per week
  • Boarding schools - $11,000 to $22,000 a year

Other living expenses

  • Groceries and eating out - $140 to $280 per week
  • Gas electricity - $10 to $20 per week
  • Phone and Internet - $15 to $30 per week
  • Public transport - $30 to $60 per week
  • Car (after purchase) - $150 to $260 per week
  • Entertainment - $80 to $150 per week
Cost of living
The department of Home affairs has financial requirements you must meet in order to receive a student visa for Australia.
As of October 2019 the 12-month living costs are;
  • For student or guadians - AUD$21,041
  • For Partners coming with you - AUD$7,362
  • For a child coming with you - AUD$3,152
The home affairs website covers in more details how to work out how much money you might need to cover the costs of your stay in Australia as international student.
Education costs
The list below gives you a broad indication of the range of course costs (yearly) for different types of qualifications.
  • School - $7,800 to $30,000
  • English Language studies - Around $300 per week depeding on course length
  • Vocational Education and Training (Certificates I to IV , Diploma and dvanced Diploma) - $4,000 to $22,000
  • Undergraduate Bachelor Degree - $20,000 to $45,000*
  • Postgraduate Masters Degree - $22,000 to $50,000*
  • Docoral Degree - $18,000 to $42,000*
          *Note: This does not include high cost of delivery courses such as veterinary and medical . Please visit institution websites directly to see costs for these courses.
All costs are per year in Australian dollars. To convert to your own currency, visit





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